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Organized in 1880, the object of the Firemen's Association of the State of Pennsylvania shall be for the general improvement of the fire service throughout the state; to provide protection to disabled fire fighters and to those dependent upon them, through legislation enactment; to open upon the best manner and means for the fighting of fires and public fire safety education; to promote the organization of fire companies and fire departments in communities in need of such protection, and encourage a fraternal friendship among firefighters.

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FASP Convention Committeeman Emil Peterinelli Passes Away

I am saddened to share this with you regarding the passing of our friend from Greensburg, Mr. Emil Peterinelli. He was a long time member of the Association and a valued member of the convention committee. Please keep his family and friends in your thoughts and prayers.

Viewing will be from 4 to 8 PM Wed the 24th of August at the Leo Bacha Funeral home Greensburg
Greensburg Fireman will hold a memorial service Wed at 7 PM. Condolences can be sent to his home \
at 250 Vermont Street, Greensburg, Pa. 15601

Obituary:
Emidio Peterinelli Obituary
Emidio "Emil" Peterinelli, 83, of Greensburg, died Monday, Aug. 22, 2016, in Hempfield Manor. He was born June 1, 1933, in Greensburg, a son of the late Tito and Yolando (Rosetti) Peterinelli. Prior to retirement, he had been employed by the Tribune Review and later at Rep. Thomas Tangretti's office. He was a member of St. Paul Parish, Greensburg, a Korean War veteran, having served in the Army, a life member of Greensburg Volunteer Fire Department Hose Company No. 6 and former department commander.

He was a member of the Pennsylvania State Firemen's Association, Westmoreland County Firemen's Association, Mohawks of Westmoreland County, Gooseneckers of the State Firemen's Association and the Over the Hills Gang. Emil was the longest serving Greensburg City Councilman with 28 years of service. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus Counsel No. 1480, Knights of Columbus Seton Assembly No. 914; a 1953 graduate of Greensburg High School; a past board member of the Westmoreland Trust; and a former member of the Southwest Regional Tax Bureau.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Joseph Peterinelli. He is survived by his wife, Jovanna (Trongo) Peterinelli; two sons, Jeffrey Peterinelli and his wife, Stephanie, of Greensburg, and Kris Peterinelli and his wife, Jeanneen, of Jacksonville, Fla.; four granddaughters, Natalie, Cassie, Vanessa and Ana; his brother, Bruno Peterinelli, of Greensburg; his sister, Lorraine Gazze Sedlacko and her husband, Francis, of Greensburg; and several nieces and nephews.

Friends will be received from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the LEO M. BACHA FUNERAL HOME INC., 516 Stanton St., Greensburg. Prayers will begin at 9:30 a.m. Thursday in the funeral home, followed by a funeral Mass to be celebrated at 10 a.m. in St. Paul Parish, Greensburg. Interment will follow in Greensburg Catholic Cemetery, with full military honors accorded by the VFW Post No. 33 Honor Guard. The Greensburg Volunteer Fire Department will meet at the funeral home at 7 p.m. Wednesday to conduct a memorial service.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the charity of one's choice: www.bachafh.com. - See more at: www.legacy.com/obituaries/triblive-tribune-review/obituary.aspx?n=emidio-peterinelli&pid=18117144...
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Firefighters, elected officials discuss solutions to save volunteer emergency services in capitol region

Rachel Bunn | rbunn@pennlive.com
By Tricia Kline | Special to PennLive The Patriot-News
on August 15, 2016 at 10:50 PM, updated August 16, 2016 at 11:21 AM

HARRISBURG - Manpower. Money. Time.
Gather together a bunch of volunteer firefighters and elected officials sharing their concerns about the future of emergency services in the region, and these are some of the biggest.
In a special Firefighters Forum organized by the Capital Region Council of Governments on Monday night in Harrisburg, the goal was to start a conversation on what CapCOG can do to help with the recruitment and retention of volunteer firefighters. The Commonwealth had 300,000 volunteer firefighters in the 1970s. That number has drastically dwindled to 50,000.

State and local elected officials, as well as volunteer firefighters from municipalities all over York, Cumberland and Dauphin counties attending the forum were tasked with writing down three of their biggest concerns, and what they believed to be some solutions.

For example, more emphasis on educating the public about the costs and effort to running an all-volunteer fire company-and simply the fact that fire companies in the region are all volunteer.
State Fire Commissioner Timothy Solobay said the three main issues statewide are not enough funding, the struggle to recruit volunteers ages 35 and younger; and training requirements that are both costly and time-consuming and therefore, often a turnoff to possible recruits.

Solobay said there is some good news, including the reauthorization of a $30 million grant this year, an increase from 5 to 10 years for a merged fire company to apply for grant money, and some additional federal funding recently to ramp up education efforts.

Rob Brady, with the Local Government Services arm of the Department of Community and Economic Development, said his job is to work with organizations to create new partnerships, whether mergers to combine resources or another form of cooperation that would increase efficiency.

"We need a consistent delivery of the system," he said, adding, "The problem is that we continue to talk. We're not doing."

Donald Konkle, former Harrisburg fire chief and currently executive director at Pennsylvania Fire and Emergency Services Institute, said it's important to make sure fire companies and elected officials are working together all the time, rather than only when a funding need arises.
And recruitment must be intentional.

"To save the volunteer fire service, we're going to have to provide incentives to volunteers," he said.

One of those incentives may be the recent push for Pennsylvania to offer online firefighter training, which would save a lot of time.
Nate Silcox, president of CapCOG and a Hampden Township commissioner, said Harrisburg Area Community College next year will be offering firefighter training beginning in 10th grade at Cumberland Valley School District in an effort to get more younger volunteers interested and trained.

Amy Myers, president of the Union Fire Company in Carlisle, said she is concerned about manpower-making sure that there are always enough volunteers to not only respond to calls, but also to do all of the work that needs to be done at the station, while also having the younger generation in line to take over duties as the "leadership of tomorrow."

"None of us are getting any younger," she said.
And the need isn't just for active firefighters; many on Monday night said there is a great need for people to handle administrative duties.

Other concerns included the health and safety of the volunteers. Related to that, discussion on Monday night included the increase in some forms of cancer among career firefighters and the corresponding costs in insurance to investigate and cover those claims for volunteers.

According to Jerry Ozog, assistant fire chief at Hampden Township Volunteer Fire Company and education specialist at VFIS, said the goal of the fire company and municipality partnership needs to be system enhancements, and making decisions based data, rather than emotion.

"The goal is being pro-active, not reactive," Ozog added.
Todd Schadel, fire chief for West Shore Bureau of Fire, said the merger that formed their department helped boost resources and manpower, but constantly trying to stay above the rising funding demands and the need to sustain its operations through younger volunteers is wearisome.
"I got to tell you, I'm tired," he said, adding that when he and some others who have served the department for decades move on, "There's not a lot behind us."
According to Nathan Martin, Paxtang Borough Council president, the borough is working hand-in-hand with their local fire department to find ways to get the most effective fire service in a way that is the most cost effective, while also getting the volunteers they so desperately need to keep it going.
Having just formed a partnership for police services with the neighboring Swatara Township, the borough now, Martin said, is exploring the possibility of consolidating fire service with the township as well.

Harrisburg Fire Chief Brian Enterline said he believed surrounding fire companies should look at a "regional staffing model" that would be administered by an authority such as the COG, and that there should be a closer look at how funds are spent and consider the possibility of funding needs collectively.
Others suggested the hiring of paid drivers to assist with staffing needs, more participation in auctions where equipment can be swapped, getting into middle schools to talk with kids about volunteering in the future, and most of all-everyone working together as professionals to meet the emergency service needs of their communities.

Sincerely,
Don Konkle
PFESI, 223 State Street, Harrisburg, PA 17101
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